This is why Delhi-based man slapped CM Arvind Kejriwal during roadshow

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slapped in Moti Nagar
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slapped in Moti Nagar

New Delhi : A Delhi-based dealer on Saturday hurled slap on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Moti Nagar area. Taken into the custody by the police officials, the man revealed that his act was due to frustration he had as a 'dissatisfied' Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporter.

CM Arvind Kejriwal was standing on an open jeep, campaigning for Lok Sabha Election 2019, when a man in red t-shirt jumped on to his vehicle and gave him a tight slap.

The attacker was later identified as 33-year-old Suresh, a spare parts dealer. He was pulled off from the vehicle by the AAP supporters, later police rescued the man from the thrashing AAP supporters.

"An enquiry by a DCP-level officer has been ordered to enquire as to how this person was allowed to be in the reception or proximate group," Anil Mittal, Additional PRO (Delhi Police) said.

"Today, he was wearing a cap (which he later took off) and scarf of the AAP, and was in the reception group of the CM. No one objected to him being there as he had been an organiser for the party. He was standing near the front right tyre of the Gypsy. He took off the scarf, climbed the bonnet and attempted to assault the CM," Delhi Police said in its statement.

Revelations during interrogation

As said by the detained dealer, Suresh was disenchanted due to behaviour of the AAP leaders. His anger intensified due to "distrust of the party in the armed forces".

Police action and blame

No FIR has been registered in the matter as the police has not received an official complaint in the matter.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that the Delhi Police had planted the man.

"Delhi Police planting that man belonged to AAP, this is really shameful given the fact that the attacker's wife has herself said he was a Modi Bhakt and did not like anyone talking against Modi. This is the same Delhi Police which had planted earlier that no ''mirchi attack'' happened on the chief minister. It was later when the Delhi government provided CCTV footage to Delhi Police that left its political masters red faced," Mr Bharadwaj said.

Bharatiya Janata Party blamed for the attack

The Aam Aadmi Party has blamed Bharatiya Janata Party for the attack. "They have created a perception that the only way to take on Arvind Kejriwal is to physically assault him," AAP lawmaker Saurabh Bhardwaj told NDTV.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for the assault.

"Do Modi and Amit Shah want Kejriwal to be murdered? In the five year, they couldn't break his resolve, couldn't defeat him in the elections, now you want to eliminate him, you cowards! This Kejriwal is your end," Manish Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.

The AAP has alleged that it was an "opposition sponsored attack".

The Trinamool Congress also alleged BJP of carrying the attack on Arvind Kejriwal.